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Christmas For Moderns

This week on Afterglow we’ll usher in the holidays with music recorded during the past two decades .

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Connick Christmas

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Harry Connick Jr.'s 1993 album WHEN MY HEART FINDS CHRISTMAS: one of the latter-day additions to the classic holiday music canon.

“Christmas for Moderns” features music from Kurt Elling, Brad Mehldau, Diana Krall, Geri Allen, Dianne Reeves, and other contemporary performers delving into the holiday songbook. Season’s greetings from Afterglow!

Music Heard On This Episode

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pt. 1
Carla Bley — Carla's Christmas Carols (ECM, 2009)
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Pt. 1
Carla Bley — Carla's Christmas Carols (ECM, 2009)
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December
Karrin Allyson/Marian McPartland — An NPR Jazz Christmas With Marian McPartland and Friends II (NPR, 2002)
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O Tannenbaum
Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra — Carol of the Bells (Owl, 2008)
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Christ Child's Lullaby
Dianne Reeves — Christmas Time Is Here (Blue Note, 2004)
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We Three Kings
Geri Allen — A Child Is Born (Motema, 2011)
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Ring Christmas Bells (midpoint music bed)
Carla Bley — Carla's Christmas Carols (ECM, 2009)
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Cool Yule
Kurt Elling — Yule Be Boppin' (Blue Note, 1997)
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Christmas Time Is Here
Brad Mehldau — Warner Brothers Jazz Christmas Party (Warner Brothers, 1997)
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Silver Bells
Roy Hargrove/Marian McPartland — An NPR Jazz Christmas With Marian McPartland and Friends II (NPR, 2002)
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Away In a Manger
Carla Bley — Carla's Christmas Carols (ECM, 2009)
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The Little Drummer Boy
Harry Connick Jr. — When My Heart Finds Christmas (Sony, 2007)
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A Child Is Born
Geri Allen — A Child Is Born (Motema, 2011)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Diana Krall — Christmas Songs (Verve, 2011)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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